Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | July 20, 2018

Youth Group pushes the boundaries of disarmament

Louis Reitmann, a member of the CTBTO Youth Group, writes in his article in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, that the disarmament establishment has assumed for decades that young people are chronically disinterested in nuclear issues and need to be engaged. However, he argues, the CTBTO Youth Group proves that energized young people committed to the nuclear issue already exist.

Reitmann describes the experience of fellow Youth Group member Grace Liu (25), a research associate at the James Martin Centre for Non-proliferation Studies and an intelligence analyst in the US Army National Guard, when texts sent to their phones alerting them to a seismic event in North Korea.“We saw this was in Northeast Asia,” recalled Liu, speaking at the recent 2nd CTBT Science Diplomacy Symposium in Vienna. “We knew that North Korea has been testing and that they had been looking to test again. So we got really excited and rushed home.”

At the Science Diplomacy Symposium held from 21 May – 1 June 2018 in Vienna, projects like Liu’s proved how contributions from the youngest participants were often the most innovative, courageous and promising. This is why the disarmament community should be aware that a group of young people has a very strong and powerful voice. Their inputs should definitely be taken into consideration since they could contribute to bring about change.

“Maybe it is time that well-established professional institutions ask not what the youth can do for them, but what they can do for the youth. They are full of astonishing ideas worth pursuing, and dynamism that can pull disarmament out of a vortex of frustration” adds Reitmann.

See full article here.


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